UNION, NJ – A Black History Month needlework, knitting, crocheting and dining event was held on Sunday at ‘Beyond Yarn’ a family-run business on Stuyvesant Avenue, where participants enjoyed African American cuisine while working on their knitting or crocheting projects.

“Beyond Yarn” proprietors Theresa Macklin, Jacquelyn White and Renee Leach, said they wanted to celebrate Black History Month with the community as a way to give back and recognize its importance.

“Crocheting and knitting has been a part of our culture for a long time,” said Macklin.  She said weaving and making baskets and netting has long been a part of the African American culture, originating in the West Indies. 

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“We’re here as a place where people can be creative and have community,” said Leach.  “It’s a place people can come to get away from their highly stressful lives for a little while and relax with their project.”

Beyond Yarn is located at 1023 Stuyvesant Avenue.